Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!

  
  

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Our calendar of events is an up-to-the-minute guide on everything happening along the Illinois River Road. If you're looking to enjoy everything from seasonal festivals, to outdoor recreation specials, you'll find it listed here. Be sure and also check out the event calendar links under the Gateway and Portal Community pages.  Help us continue to build our events calendar - Submit Your Event!

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Now - Oct. 26, 2017, 5-7pm on Thursdays through October (Oct 5, 12, 19, 26)
Sommer Park, 6329 N Koerner Rd, Edwards, IL 61528
Come have an old-fashioned good time with hot dogs for roasting, chips, baked beans, a s’more, and drinks. Vegetarian hotdogs, beans and pork-free marshmallows are available. A hayrack ride is included. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged....$4/ages 3-10; $6/ages 11+. Event Type: Seasonal
Phone: 309-691-8423
Area: Peoria

Now - Oct. 29, 2017, 10am-5pm
Luthy Botanical Garden, 2520 N Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL 61603
Experience the magic of Hogwarts as Luthy Botanical Garden embraces the theme of Harry Potter for the Chrysanthemum Show. Bring the kids to enjoy a spectacular showing of magical plants and wizardly delights. ...donations appreciated. Event Type: Family
Phone: 309-686-3362
Area: Peoria

Oct. 28, 2017 - Oct. 28, 2017, 7pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
The woods ring with music at our monthly concert series featuring some of the best singer-songwriters and folk musicians! The October 28 concert features Claude Bourbon. He is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world....$10/adult, $9/ages 12 and under, $8/member. Event Type: Arts
Phone: 3096863360
Area: Peoria

Oct. 28, 2017 - Oct. 28, 2017, 7:30-8:30am
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
The early bird may get the worm, but the early rising bird watcher gets to see the best assortment of the Nature Center’s feathered friends! Bring binoculars. All levels of experience are welcome....donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

Oct. 28, 2017 - Oct. 28, 2017, 9-11am
Tawny Oaks, 715 S Singing Woods Rd, Edelstein, IL 61526
Take a walk on one of the newest trails into one of Illinois’ finest stands of oak-hickory forests and visit a couple of glacial drift hill prairies. The topography is steep and the hike challenging so wear sturdy shoes and durable clothes....donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-418-7051
Area: Peoria

Oct. 29, 2017 - Oct. 29, 2017, 1:30-2:30pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
In the spirit of Halloween, learn about some of the spooky animals that call Illinois home....donations appreciated. Event Type: Educational
Phone: 3096863360
Area: Peoria

Oct. 29, 2017 - Oct. 29, 2017, 1-4pm
Sommer Park, 6329 N Koerner Rd, Edwards, IL 61528
Experience Peoria County in 1855 and participate in hands-on activities such as candle making, hayrides and children’s games....$3. Event Type: Arts
Phone: 309-691-8423
Area: Peoria

Nov. 5, 2017 - Nov. 5, 2017, 1:30-2:00pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Feel the smooth scales of a snake slide through your hand, hear the hiss of a giant cockroach, and see a tarantula up close. Meet some of nature’s greatest animals in this short, drop-in program. Topics are: snakes on Nov 5; insects & spiders on Nov 19; and reptiles on Dec 3....donations appreciated. Event Type: Educational
Phone: 3096863360
Area: Peoria

Nov. 11, 2017 - Nov. 11, 2017, 7pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
The woods ring with music at our monthly concert series featuring some of the best singer-songwriters and folk musicians. In November, come hear Briar Road!...$10/adult, $9/ages 12 and under, $8/member. Event Type: Entertainment
Phone: 3096863360
Area: Peoria

Nov. 11, 2017 - Nov. 11, 2017, 10am-2pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Learn to identify native birds by sight and sound. An indoor presentation will be followed by a hike in the woods to put your newfound knowledge to use....donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 3096863360
Area: Peoria

Nov. 17, 2017 - Dec. 31, 2017, 10am-5pm
Luthy Botanical Garden, 2520 N Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL 61603
The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Luthy Botanical Garden, where the tropical collection blends with hundreds of poinsettias to create a wonderland unmatched anywhere in Peoria! Or, come enjoy the show at night under the warm glow of hundreds of candles while live holiday music plays. These special Candlelight Walks are Fridays and Saturdays, November 17 until December 23, from 6:00-9:00pm. Closed on November 23 & December 25....donations appreciated. Event Type: Seasonal
Phone: 309-686-3362
Area: Peoria

Nov. 18, 2017 - Nov. 18, 2017, 2-4pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
This art show features a diversity of media and unique artwork all created by talented local artists. At the Open House, meet the artists, enjoy a seasonal beverage, and tour the wonderful artwork of these creative and talented folks! The Nature Art Show and Sale will be from November 18-December 31, Mondays through Saturdays from 9:00am-5:00pm and Sundays from 1:00-5:00pm....donations appreciated. Event Type: Arts
Phone: 3096863360
Area: Peoria

Nov. 18, 2017 - Nov. 18, 2017, 10am
Camp Wokanda, 620 Boy Scout Rd, Chillicothe, IL 61523
Join others on a naturalist-led trail hike on the Illinois River Bluff Trail. Bring a sack lunch and water for this trip. Meet at the lower parking lot of Camp Wokanda. The hike will be to Robinson Park and then return to Camp Wokanda....donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 3095792157
Area: Peoria

Nov. 19, 2017 - Nov. 19, 2017, 1:30-2:00pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Feel the smooth scales of a snake slide through your hand, hear the hiss of a giant cockroach, and see a tarantula up close. Meet some of nature’s greatest animals in this short, drop-in program. Topics are: snakes on Nov 5; insects & spiders on Nov 19; and reptiles on Dec 3....donations appreciated. Event Type: Educational
Phone: 3096863360
Area: Peoria

Nov. 24, 2017 - Nov. 24, 2017, 9am-5pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Save 10% off all regularly priced items and see the clearance section. Members receive an additional 10% discount....free. Event Type: Seasonal
Phone: 3096863360
Area: Peoria

Dec. 3, 2017 - Dec. 3, 2017, 1:30-2:00pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Feel the smooth scales of a snake slide through your hand, hear the hiss of a giant cockroach, and see a tarantula up close. Meet some of nature’s greatest animals in this short, drop-in program. Topics are: snakes on Nov 5; insects & spiders on Nov 19; and reptiles on Dec 3....donations appreciated. Event Type: Educational
Phone: 3096863360
Area: Peoria